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Do you want to know how many kJs are in your wine, beer or spirits?

Yes. Alcohol should be held to the same nutritional disclosure standards as soft drinks.

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Would definitely like to see nutritional content or at least kJs on alcohol labels.

So many people do not realise how many Kj’s they are drinking

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No. I don’t want to know :slight_smile:

… but yes, it would be fair to expect anyone selling something you put into your body with the potential for digestion, ingestion, suggestion … oh, anyway, to include ‘the outcome’ of using it - food, drink, medicine, recreational inhalants, etc. We seem to target what to know based on what is the use, rather than being comprehensive. Probably a big ask given the clowns running the show seem happy for us to have to hunt for the information of how much we are buying …

Yes, it would be a good thing …

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I don’t really need to know, but it seems to me that anything made for people to ingest should be clearly labelled with as much nutritional information as possible, including kj, cals, carbs etc. and ingredients and country of origin of ingredients etc.,

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You have all seen the bloke sitting at the corner of the bar. He is not concerned about how many kj’s in a pot of beer. Hell, he has seen more life than the mob of concerned citizens that write to this. Oh, yes be afraid, very afraid, if you dare drink something not approved by Canberra. Bloody hell, live life.

I think we all deserve information on ingredients and the like in all products. On the other hand I am befuddled by the new Wowser movement that has a head of steam in Australia. I would not like the campaign to be captured by those people.

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This academic discussion about whether alcohol or sugar is the culprit in the obesity epidemic is just that - academic discussion. I don’t think there would be anyone who actually thought any alcoholic beverage is actually a nutritional liquid (spare me your dissertations on the merits of red wine or guinness) any more than a soft drink is. We all know the perils of drinking too much alcohol and unfortunately Australians are pretty good at it. No event seems complete without a well stocked bar. The point being no amount of nutritional data on bottles of people’s favourite tipple will stop them drinking it. If people drink more than is healthy they will not be looking for the nutritional panel. Lets fight the battles we can win. This one is a hiding to no-where.

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I think it’s unnecessary. Alcohol is never an essential part of any meal. It is an indulgence item, like chocolate, so people consume it for other reasons, regardless of nutritional values. I personally would never read this on a bottle of wine I wanted to drink.

I think it would be great. Quite often I would look to see this. For example if you drink rum and coke you can wake up putting on over a kilo. So this sort of labeling would be awesome. I think most women and some men would use it.

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We’ve recently launched a campaign to force alcohol companies to display kilojoule information on their labels. While we appreciate the different views on the subject, for those Australians looking to manage their weight, currently it is virtually impossible to know how many kilojoules are in some of our commonly consumed beverages.

We also know that discretionary foods – those that are kilojoule dense but offer little in the way of good nutrition – currently make up an unhealthy 35% of the average Australian’s daily energy intake, and contribute to weight gain and obesity affecting two thirds of Australians. In fact, alcohol is now the leading contributor to Australia’s discretionary kilojoule intake.

For example, did you know that while a can of Coke has 675kJ, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey contains 1069kJ? If you’d like to support our campaign and find out how many kilojoules are in other drinks, take our alcohol knowledge quiz and sign the petition.

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Took the quiz and enjoyed it. Some very interesting answers…8 hamburgers worth even :slight_smile: Signed the petition

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Took the quiz . Signed the petition

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I passed that to many people I know over the past day. The overwhelming response is that none are going to change to Pure Blond Ultra Low Carb and that life is about more than kJ sometimes.

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May not and probably won’t make them change the drink they drink but it may help them make choices about how many they might consume or how long it takes them to enjoy each one they imbibe. It may even help them diet more effectively when they know the Kj they consume in all food items. Alcohol has been long absent in my diet and so has no bearing on what I may consume but if I did use it I would prefer to know what it adds to my Kj load in a day.

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It’s definitely about giving people the option, especially for those actively trying to watch their energy intake. However, we appreciate the sentiment that a lot of people just don’t care when it comes to alcohol.

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More info on the legal loophole that prevents kilojoule labelling on alcohol.

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““A legal loophole means alcohol companies can hide nutritional information from you””

I suspect all alcohol has zero nutritional value :wink:

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You are right but then again neither does Coke and it is required to display a nutrition display panel :slight_smile:

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Nutritional value? Energy makes up part of nutrition. Alcohol may not have any other benefits to our well being but it may have, I keep seeing reports of how it may help the heart etc but whether they hold up is another matter. But anyway what I was trying to get at is that energy consumption such as through sugars and alcohol should have measurement and disclosure.

EDIT: Ahh I’m a butthead missed the wink inference…darn

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A post was split to a new topic: Morality in Advertising

A great but off topic point was introduced, worthy of its own thread.